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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Invisibility,
 
according to fable, may be obtained in a multitude of ways. For example:—   1
   Albric’s cloak, called Tarnkappe (3 syl.), which Siegfried got possession of, rendered him invisible. (Nibelungen Lied.)   2
   A chamelon carried in the breast will render a person invisible.   3
   A capon stone, called “Alectora,” will render any person invisible who carries it about his person. (See MIRROR OF STONES.)   4
   A dead hand. It is believed that a candle placed in a dead man’s hand gives no light to any but those who use it. (See HAND.)   5
   Fern-seed, mentioned by Shakespeare, and by Beaumont and Fletcher, possesses the same charm.   6
   Gyges’ ring, taken from the flanks of a brazen horse, made the wearer invisible, provided he turned the ring inwards.   7
   Hel’iotrope, mentioned by Boccaccio in his Decamron (Day viii. 3), is a green stone, which renders a person invisible. So does the herb called heliotrope, according to Solnus, who says, “Herba etiam ejusdem nomnis … cum, a quocumque gestabtur, subtrahit visibus obvirum.” (Georgic, xl.)   8
   The helmet of Perseus (2 syl.) and the helmet of Pluto (called Orci Gala), both rendered the wearer invisible. (Classic story.)   9
   The helmet which Pluto gave to the Cyclops made them invisible whenever it was worn.   10
   Jack the Giant-killer had a cloak of invisibility as well as a cap of knowledge.   11
   Keplein’s mantle. The mantle of Hel Keplein, which belonged to the dwarf-king Laurin, rendered the wearer invisible. (The Heldenbuch; thirteenth century.)   12
   The Moros Musphoron was a girdle of invisibility. (Mrs. Centlivre: A Bold Stroke for a Wife.)   13
   Otnit’s ring. The ring of Otnit, King of Lombardy, according to the Heldenbuch, possessed a similar charm.   14
   Reynard’s wonderful ring had three colours, one of which (the green) caused the wearer to become invisible. (Reynard the Fox, 1498.)   15
 


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